television.jpgOver the course of the past two weeks I’ve been celebrating Television’s 30th anniversary on my SIRIUS show. Both times I’ve selected the track “Glory” off the Adventure album as it is all too often overshadowed by the groups unparalleled and seminal debut Marquee Moon. Unfortunate, but certainly a high class problem if there ever was one.

By no means a candidate for the sophomore slump award, Adventure merely suffered from having to stand in the formidable shadow of a true original work of aural art. As prior to Marquee Moon (1977), very few artists were coupling the energy of (the then new) punk movement with the complexities of ambitious jazzy art rock. Simply put, Marquee Moon broke boundaries.

Adventure, a more polished affair, contained some real gems within its 30+ minute frame, including the track below. In fact, the first time I heard “Glory” I was half convinced it was a lost Talking Heads (at the time, my favorite band) b-side. I can’t tell you how excited I was that it was not, and that I now had an entirely new band to explore.

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Video:
Television – Foxhole (live television appearance 1978)

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MP3: Television :: Glory
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4 Responses to “When I See The Glory, I Ain’t Gotta Worry”

  1. Apparently Richard Lloyd has been very sick. While he is expected to recover he has stated that he has split from Television for good.

  2. I lost my copy of Marquee Moon a few years back, so all I have to listen to is Adventure. It’s a grower and a stayer. I wish this band had 30 albums.

    Talking Heads are in my top 5 forever!

  3. I’ve never understood the beating Adventure takes – even if it’s just damning with faint praise. I understand that comparisons to Marquee Moon are inevitable, but what I love about Adventure is that it’s more subtle, softer, more devious than its predecessor. I think it makes their influences all the more insidious. I’ve always been a big, big fan of “Ain’t That Nothin’,” “Carried Away,” “The Dream’s Dream” and pretty much the whole record. “Foxhole” is hot also. I gave away my cd copy to a friend when the re-issues came out, but I’ve yet to pick it up. Time to rectify.

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